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December 30, 1985:

Winds gusted to 40 to 50 mph over northern South Dakota through the day and into the southern part of the state by late afternoon. The strong winds lowered visibilities to near zero at times between Lemmon in Perkins County and Faith in Meade County. The strongest wind gusts were to 63 mph at Mitchell. At 9:33pm CST, the strong winds blew a semi-tractor trailer off the highway one mile east of Aberdeen.

December 30, 1987:

Snow and strong winds combined to produce blizzard conditions across parts of central and east central South Dakota during the afternoon and evening of the 30th. Winds gusted to 40 mph in some areas, producing blowing snow, which reduced visibilities to near zero. New snowfall was generally only a trace to less than two inches.

December 30, 2010:

A strong upper level low pressure trough and associated surface low pressure area moved across the region bringing the first of two consecutive blizzards to central and northeast South Dakota. Snowfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches combined with bitter cold north winds of 25 to 40 mph caused widespread blizzard conditions across central and northeast South Dakota from the late morning until the evening hours. Near zero visibilities caused dangerous travel conditions resulting in the closing of Interstates 29 and 90 along with several highways across the region. Several hundred people were stranded as a result of the storm. A group of fishermen had to be rescued in Day county when they became stranded on the ice. The snowfall began across the area anywhere from 7 to 11 am CST and ended between 10 pm and 1 am CST.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 52 (1980) Aberdeen: -34 (1917)
Kennebec: 63 (1904) Kennebec: -30 (1990)
Mobridge: 54 (1912) Mobridge: -31 (1990)
Pierre: 58 (2004) Pierre: -31 (1990)
Sisseton: 47 (2004) Sisseton: -26 (1990)
Timber Lake: 49 (1956) Timber Lake: -32 (1990)
Watertown: 49 (2004) Watertown: -29 (1990)
Wheaton: 51 (1999) Wheaton: -25 (1990)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.70" (2006) Aberdeen: 7.0" (1931)
Kennebec: 0.48" (1971) Kennebec: 4.8" (1931)
Mobridge: 0.87" (1931) Mobridge: 9.8" (2006)
Pierre: 0.44" (1972) Pierre: 3.5" (2010)
Sisseton: 0.83" (1972) Sisseton: 5.5" (1972)
Timber Lake: 0.30" (2006) Timber Lake: 6.0" (2006)
Watertown: 0.65" (2006) Watertown: 5.0" (2010)
Wheaton: 0.59" (2005) Wheaton: 6.7" (2005)


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